Release dateFebruary 1980 WriterMarshall Brickman (story), Thomas Baum (story), Marshall Brickman (screenplay) ScreenplayMarshall Brickman, Tom Baum CastAlan Arkin (Simon), Madeline Kahn (Dr. Cynthia Mallory), William Finley (Fichandler), Wallace Shawn (Eric Van Dongen), Max Wright (Leon Hundertwasser), Fred Gwynne (Maj. Gen. Korey) Similar moviesInterstellar, The Martian, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Independence Day
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Simon is a 1980 American comedy film. It was written and directed by Marshall Brickman and stars Alan Arkin.
The Institute for Advanced Concepts, a group of scientists with an unlimited budget and a propensity for elaborate pranks, brainwash a psychology professor named Simon Mendelssohn who was abandoned at birth and manage to convince him, and the rest of the world, that he is of extraterrestrial origin. Simon escapes and attempts to reform American culture by overriding TV signals with a high-powered TV transmitter, becoming a national celebrity in the process.
Alan Arkin as Prof. Simon Mendelssohn
Madeline Kahn as Dr. Cynthia Malloy
Austin Pendleton as Dr. Carl Becker
Judy Graubart as Lisa
William Finley as Fichandler
Wallace Shawn as Eric Van Dongen
Jayant as Barundi
Max Wright as Leon Hundertwasser
Fred Gwynne as Maj. Gen. Korey
Adolph Green as Commune Leader
Keith Szarabajka as Josh
Ann Risley as Pam
Pierre Epstein as Military Aide at Map
Roy Cooper as General's Aide
Rex Robbins as Army Doctor
David Warrilow as Blades
Hetty Galen as Voice of Mother
Louise Lasser as Voice of Doris
Dick Cavett as himself
Alan Arkin was nominated for Best Actor in the 1981 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Home video availability
In 1981 and 1990, the film was released on VHS format by Warner Home Video and is now out of print. A remastered copy of the film was released via Warner Archives' Made To Order DVD-R service in 2011 in its original full-frame 16x9 (1.85:1) format.